TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libya’s encircled capital is being painfully squeezed as rebel forces fight their way closer and battles along the coastal highway block the city’s chief link to the outside world.
The road to Tunisia, for months Tripoli’s main conduit for smuggled petrol, food and other necessities, has been essentially cut off since Saturday, when rebels entered the coastal city of Zawiyah, just 50 km (30 miles) west of Tripoli.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Rebels may have fought their way into Zawiyah, a strategic city a half hour’s drive from the Libyan capital, but for many supporters of Muammar Gaddafi here the battle that may be a turning point may as well be a million miles away.
Months of military stalemate appeared to come to an abrupt end in recent days, as rebels seeking to end Gaddafi’s 41-year-rule said they reached the center of Zawiyah, 50 km (30 miles) west of Tripoli, and captured a town to Tripoli’s south.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi urged his people early on Monday to “liberate Libya” from NATO and traitors, a day after rebels captured a key town on the road west to Tunisia, severing Tripoli’s main supply route.
Late on Sunday, representatives of Gaddafi’s government were holding talks with rebels at a hotel on the southern Tunisian island of Djerba, a source with direct knowledge of the talks said — though the government spokesman denied it.
TRIPOLI, Aug 15 (Reuters) – Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi
urged his people early on Monday to “liberate Libya” from NATO
and traitors, a day after rebels captured a key town on the road
west to Tunisia, severing Tripoli’s main supply route.
Late on Sunday, representatives of Gaddafi’s government were
holding talks with rebels at a hotel on the southern Tunisian
island of Djerba, a source with direct knowledge of the talks
said — though the government spokesman denied it.
NEAR ZAWIYAH/TRIPOLI, Libya, Aug 14 (Reuters) – Rebel
fighters clashed with Libyan government forces near the Tunisian
border and in the western town of Zawiyah, threatening a vital
supply route to the Libyan capital Tripoli.
The two sides also fought on two eastern fronts on Saturday,
but neither side reported major changes in positions near
Misrata or round the oil town and terminal of Brega.
NEAR ZAWIYAH/TRIPOLI, Libya, Aug 13 (Reuters) – Libyan government forces and rebels clashed around the western town of Zawiyah on Saturday as the insurgents tried to push closer to the capital Tripoli.
Reporters heard gunfire and skirmishing in the coastal town, about 30 miles west of Tripoli. The highway from the capital to the Tunisian border was blocked there.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – The impact of the West’s two-pronged effort to oust Muammar Gaddafi was apparent this week in Tripoli, where doctors struggled to treat Libyans injured in recent NATO airstrikes amid a deepening shortage of electricity and medical supplies.
Hassan Moussa, senior doctor at Tripoli’s Central Hospital, said physicians had been forced to improvise treatment for critically injured patients as supplies of oxygen and other necessities run short six months after the United Nations renewed sanctions on Libya.
MAJAR, Libya (Reuters) – In Libya’s civil war, where conflicting accusations collide and dusty farmlands have become a battleground, there was little doubt about the conflict’s human toll, no matter its nature or numbers.
The scene was gruesome and chaotic in the seaside town of Zlitan Tuesday as sweaty cameramen and government officials crowded into the tiny, sweltering hospital morgue, clutching scarves and paper masks to protect against the sickening smell.
ZLITAN, Libya (Reuters) – Libyan officials said on Tuesday dozens of civilians had been killed in a NATO strike on a cluster of farmhouses east of Tripoli, but the alliance said it hit a legitimate military target.
A strike causing large numbers of civilian casualties could undermine support in some NATO nations for a campaign to oust Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi that has already proved much longer, bloodier and more costly than its backers had anticipated.
TRIPOLI (Reuters) – Power and petrol shortages are gripping the Libyan capital Tripoli, giving rise to frustration as the months of conflict with NATO-backed rebels take their toll on a city that is the seat of embattled leader Muammar Gaddafi’s power.
As rebels continue to fight loyalist forces along several fronts, blackouts have rolled across Tripoli with increasing frequency in recent weeks.